doubting Thomas


doubting Thom·​as -ˈtä-məs How to pronounce doubting Thomas (audio)
: an incredulous or habitually doubtful person

Examples of doubting Thomas in a Sentence

She kept trying, hoping to prove all those doubting Thomases wrong. an astronomer who enjoys taking the role of the doubting Thomas in debates with UFOlogists

Word History


St. Thomas, apostle who doubted Jesus' resurrection until he had proof of it (John 20:24–29)

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doubting Thomas was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Doubting Thomas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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